Bruce Khula focuses his practice on appellate and complex litigation in state and federal courts, including consumer class actions, contract disputes, business torts, property matters and product liability. He was listed in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2009, a distinction honoring the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Bruce was an assistant US attorney in the Cleveland office of the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. In this capacity, he acquired extensive experience in criminal appeals, as well as in trial and sentencing proceedings. In addition, Bruce served as law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where he gained experience in federal constitutional law, criminal and civil procedure, immigration, commercial litigation and federal regulation.

    Bruce has published and/or presented on the topics of class actions, corporate compliance in a US and global context, constitutional law, antitrust enforcement, and the history of US foreign policy.

    Since 2010, Bruce has served as a magistrate for the City of North Olmsted’s Community Diversion Program, which assists youth facing legal issues as an alternative to the juvenile court system. Since 2015, Bruce has served as a board member of Maggie’s Place Ohio, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and assistance to pregnant women and newborns.

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    Trial Level

    • Successfully obtaining Rule 12 dismissal of consumer product warranty claims against a Global 500 international electronics manufacturer and its US subsidiaries in federal court.
    • Successfully compelling arbitration of allegations of consumer statutory fraud and warranty claims against a Global 500 international electronics manufacturer and its US subsidiaries in federal court.
    • Successfully defeating class certification alleging statutory consumer fraud and breach of contract by international bank in federal court.
    • Successfully obtaining dismissal, on behalf of an Ohio municipality, of a class complaint involving constitutional challenges to a municipal tax in Ohio state court.
    • Successfully obtaining summary judgment on behalf of an Ohio corporation in a dispute regarding an oil-and-gas lease in Ohio state court.
    • Successfully defeating nationwide and California-only class certification challenging tire warranties provided by a Fortune 500 retailer in federal court, and successfully opposing appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
    • Successfully obtaining a permanent injunction on behalf of a Fortune 500 retailer against relitigation of class certification issues in federal and state courts.
    • Successfully obtaining summary judgment before an Ohio state court in a church real property dispute involving several parish properties.
    • Representing an energy company in numerous matters involving state taxation and exemption involving real property valuation.
    • Acting as a key member of a legal team on behalf of the US subsidiary of an international steel manufacturer in the successful pursuit of claims stemming from partnership law violations before an Ohio state court.
    • Acting as a key member of a legal team in the successful defense of the US subsidiary of an international oil company against class action and mass tort environmental claims for property damage and groundwater contamination before a Kansas state court.
    • Representing a media company in defense of tort claims of trespass, invasion of privacy and intentional affliction of emotional distress before an Ohio state court.
    • Obtaining a criminal conviction, on behalf of US government, based on unlawful weapons possession by illegal immigrant.

    Appellate Level

    • Representing successfully an international bank before the Ninth Circuit in deflecting interlocutory review of an adverse class certification ruling under Federal Rule 23.
    • Representing successfully a Fortune 500 retailer before the Ninth Circuit in deflecting interlocutory review of an adverse class certification ruling under Federal Rule 23.
    • Representing successfully an Ohio municipality in an appeal before the Ohio Court of Appeals in upholding Rule 12 dismissal of a class action complaint regarding municipal taxation.
    • Representing successfully a Fortune 500 retailer in an appeal before the Seventh Circuit to obtain an injunction against relitigation of class certification in federal and state courts.
    • Representing a Fortune 500 automotive parts manufacturer in jurisdictional memorandum before the Supreme Court of Ohio in a matter involving discovery sanctions and final appealable orders.
    • Representing amicus curiae in support of a petition to the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari involving a Foreign Commerce Clause dispute.
    • Representing successfully the US subsidiary of an international steel manufacturer in defense of the granting of a temporary restraining order before the Ohio Court of Appeals in a partnership dispute with a significant coal supplier.
    • Representing successfully the US government in numerous criminal appeals before the Sixth Circuit involving narcotics trafficking, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, illegal weapons possession, child pornography, federal sentencing and habeas corpus claims.
    • Representing successfully the US government in numerous immigration appeals in support of determinations made by the Board of Immigration Appeals before the Second, Sixth and Ninth Circuits.

    Pro Bono Experience

    • Acting as lead counsel as for metropolitan bar association in prosecution of alleged attorney misconduct before the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
    • Coordinating firm participation in nationwide clemency program on behalf of several defendants convicted of non-violent drug crimes under federal law.
    • Acting as lead counsel, pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, before the Sixth Circuit in a habeas appeal involving the right to confrontation under the Sixth Amendment.
    • Acting as co-counsel, pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, before the Sixth Circuit in direct criminal appeal involving Fourth Amendment, Speedy Trial Act and sentencing claims.

    Education

    • University of Notre Dame, J.D., magna cum laude, editor in chief, Notre Dame Law Review, 2003
    • The Ohio State University, Ph.D., summa cum laude, 1999
    • The Ohio State University, M.A., summa cum laude, 1994
    • The Ohio State University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2003

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Maryland
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois (Trial Bar)

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